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>> michelangelo, beethoven, the master the of their time. as for our generation, a violin making wiz orbed. wizard, you create the form and sound. >> tailored to the star. >> i'm a maker of the best clothing in the world. >> a jazz virtuoso. >> the minute i touch instrument, i knew that is what i wanted to do. >> and an icon in the world of dance. >> we're the notes come to life. >> these are your modern matt masters.
people who perfect their craft and inspire others with their talent they have roots here in new york they are considered masters at what they do, we're in lincoln center, top musicians in world perform their craft, people like this vieo violin maker help make it possible. >> i am a vie ol vie -- violin maker, everyone assumed i would be a sculpture, i thought so myself, i read a book about a violin maker who i was 13, it caught my imagine nick, it has given my a lifetime challenge to try to better who i do, you can see the motions. the vie
turning, for some it is pumping like a heart, it is not actually alive but it is like it is alive alive. i have have -- instruments for joshua bell, andio yo-yo ma. right of there with athletes they can hear amazingly small distinctions, a client of mine was trying violins, onstage there were but meaux sessions, i was there with a very well-known violin dealer, none of us knew which was, which the dealer said, which is which, i don't know when is the strad, and which is yours.
1991, a copy of his, stern has passed on since then, still taking care of the fiddle. a big part of that i do is adjust for people who have them from me. that relationship is something that i enjoy. it is a great feeling to go to a concert hall, hear someone play with my violin. it is loud enough, is the base full, projecting, i am listening with half an ear delay. every day when i come in here and look attwood pile. -- attwood the wood pile, i wonder who is going first, it or me, you can feel how lively it is, that is just waiting to go, it needs
before tuesday -- use it, i feel like i have different people in me, the artist that shapes and carves, then the engineer who thinks about the structure. and there is the sound technician who is doing aye adjustments. i feel like those parts of me take turns, they sort of exist at the same time but they come out at different points at the stage that i'm at. i imagine it is going to vibrate when it coming together, i feel by numbers and by sound. you can plan as much as you want but you don't really know until the now sig musician puts the bow on the string.
start by making some kind, then you make the next one better, you figure out what is wrong with that one, then you make the next one better, if you have enough time your life, vently you will be making a great violin. >> coming up, the tailor whose decliners include the whos who of america's a listers,
>> welcome back we're here in brooklyn home to one of the best tail -- tailors in the world, greenfield walking us through his legendary career in his own words. >> i'm a maker of the best clothing in the world, i am martin greenfield. they call me a tailor, why you a tailor before you become a maker, it a very difficult job. there are not too many people left, like me. i was 15 1/2 when they took me to the concentration camp, my father sat down with me, he told me to that i don't survive, i don't want you to honor us by
the future. i came to america. everything that i know was taught to me in this victory, and asked me, if i am the happiest, a lot of people will tell you other things, but i tell you truth, i'm the happiest when i am in the factory downstairs watching the work. not one stale tailor making a whole suit, it takes about a hundred operations on a jacket each by hand, each person does a different item perfectly, it is matched up, every stripe, every place. when a person comes to buy their first suit from me, he picks the collar, i pick -- color, i pick the fabric. why?
by the first suit, what i see in our customers, when they try on the first suit, is whoever comes with them looks at them, and they are shocked to see hugh how beautiful that person looks, because it makes a difference when you put on something right. there are no two people alike. one is right handed, one is left-handed, slim one, short one, tall one, extra long. patrick ewing comes 7 feet 1. and people make sure whatever we do here has too be the best in the world, we make everything by hand, i don't think there is any place in the world that could match us.
people, you would have to do a long show, president clinton, that is first time in the white house. i said, this leather jacket, is -- this stuff, does not work here. in washington. you have to look like the talking. the minute you walk out the door, you are on television, if you get dressed in the morning and you don't follow my advice, for president, i can tell you, you could rieux know ruin my represent payingtation, paul -- represent representation, paul newman is my favorite, my wife used to complain, jimmy fallon, he kisses this ridge, ring, i said i'm not
the pope, he is a funny guy. empire, 130 actors, every person who watched show, they talk mostly about the clothing. around 20 years later, the jacket will be still good. this is what i accomplish equal -- quality that almost never goes out of style. >> coming up, the award winning jazz bassist. whose talent and creativity
>> you can often find grammy award winning bassist here. as you are about to see, he is known as much for his musical talent as he is for his big heart. >> my name is christian mcbride, i am a bassist. just about letting the energy and the spirit flow. when i was 8 years old, i saw my father play, for some particular reason this one concert it
mother, i said, can i have a bass for christmas, a bass guitar? my first electric bass is still in phillie, i never brought it to new york with me. the minute i touched a instrument, i knew that is what i wanted to do. actually one of the pieces that i use to get into jewel duel ward. no nothing. did not know if i was doing gooder to bad. great performer bobby watson. he said what you are doing this
you this week playing bird land, what? i decided to live -- juilliard after a year. as a young jazz musician, you are expected to know a number of songs from the great american song book. i have been in freddie's ban band for a year and a half, he said we're doing a rival bum, i said, why, freddie plays this trumpet, i don't recognize what he is playing, right away, i think i turned white. freddie's back was to me, i took the microphone in front of the
way it would not record. it would not get to the sound of the bass. at the end of the night, the engineer comes down said you know what, we had a shadow america i-- mic on the bass we were able to salvage the track. i said no. for me to play all the wrong notes to be documented for ever. everything that you learn as a trained mew musician you have to make it all sound simple so the untrained ear can understand it. as a bass player, you are supposed to come up with
dasa -- bass lines every chorus, it could be like this -- or i could start off like this or like this when you switch to the pop side, the discipline is almost opposite of, riff referencing my friend sting, every breath you take, this is the bass line. i have to play that like that. -- i could play that, but it would
really break up the flow of how that song is supposed to feel. james brown has always been my biggest musical influence. i produced what turned out to be his final show at hollywood bowl, he said son i'm proud of you, he said you have done good thing, i've been following your career, have you done a lot of good things, you ain't just playing bass, you are upholding the standard, i went, woe. sort of a natural inclination to want to nurture the younger motions and help them the same way that holder guys helped us. -- that the older guys helped us, it all a full circle. >> coming up, the dance takes you into what where you are supposed to be.
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>> jude judy has been a trail blazer in dance for decades. >> the dancer is music, we're the notes come to life. i am judith jam ison. the dancers worth their weight issue you will see them in motion, life motion. your breath will be taken away, i was born in 1943, a very intense time. in philadelphia, artistically, spiritualy, emotion alley, racially. i was growing up with mother's day parade on new year's eve with people in black face, there
i'm glad i grew up with all of those things color my career. people ask me, did you know you wanted to be a dancer. it was not wanting to be a dancer, it is something you needed to be, i needed to be a dancer, i didn't know that. it came to me, there are always people before you that just inch the door open a little bit more, you can get a foot. alvin gave that to us, we're living on his after burner. and it continues. >> there it is. >> i met him in 1965, he was at
i failed that one, i was really bad. i had danced for 3 months, i was working at the world's fair. pushing buttons on the ride, as i was leaving the building. there was a man on the steps, i was upset i walked past him, 3 days later that man called my said would you like to be a member of the alvin alley american dance, this is how you know you are guided. i was one of the 3, muses, he had several, some of the ballet are being done like, pride. 15, 16 minute sol low
very difficult to do, once the curtain went down there was thunderous applause, and they kept applauding and kept applauding, that opens all sorts of doors, i am so proud was not just this generation but the generation before them, and before, that they was responsible for, making them lift themselves higher than they thought they could. the 59 is, to have a connection with your soul. -- and to hopefully, connection with someone else's. will they remember you just for how high your leg went, or will they be touched in the interpost part of their being that is what dance is supposed to do, what that is what the arts are supposed to do for you. >> thanks for joining us for fox 5 special on modern